Welcome to the Brain Injury Association of North Bay and Area website. At BIANBA we provide support, information and assistance to those living with a brain injury and their families.
BIANBA is a local non-profit association, and we are a Registered Charity (# 85712 6148 RR0001). We consist of eight volunteer Board members, and one Peer Support Coordinator. BIANBA receives no funding from our regional Local Health Integration Network (LHIN). We are totally reliant on donations, fundraising activities, and proceeds from memberships to provide much needed support in our communities.
BIANBA is proud to be an affiliate of the Ontario Brain Injury Association (OBIA), and we encourage people in our area to purchase a "dual membership" that allows members to take advantage of opportunities offered by both OBIA and BIANBA. Click on this link to get more information about dual memberships, and to complete the online application form. OBIA Dual Membership
What's happening with BIANBA:
March 6, 2017
BIANBA will be hosting our second Speaker Series Event on Monday, March 6, 2017. This event will take place in the auditorium of the North Bay Public Library. We have four survivors who will be speaking, and we will be sharing some BIANBA updates. We will also be introducing Virginia Hack, the OBIA North Eastern Ontario Advocacy Specialist, and she will speak for a couple of minutes about her role.
Doors will open at 5:30pm, and speeches will begin at 6:00pm. Admission is free, and light refreshments will be served.
December 23, 2016
BIANBA would like to thank Knight Piesold and its employees for their generous donation! We are honoured to be one of the 17 local charities that employees chose to donate to, with Knight Piesold matching each donation. Your kindness will assist many in the North Bay area!
Pictured here is Tracey Poole (BIANBA), Jeff Merriman (Brain Injury Survivor), and Sheldon Richard (Knight Piesold employee).
December 5, 2016
The Brain Injury Association of North Bay and Area will be hosting an evening in the auditorium at the North Bay Public Library on Monday December 5th, from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm (doors will open at 6:30 pm). Brain injury survivors and caregivers will be sharing their stories in an effort to increase awareness, and several brain injury survivors will have tables set up to showcase their talents. Admission is free, and light refreshments will be served after the speeches.
November 13, 2016
On November 13th the J.O.Y. Band held a concert at Trinity United Church, and graciously donated all the proceeds to the Brain Injury Association of North Bay and Area. Thanks to the generosity of the audience, who donated through a "free will offering" on admission, $1200 was raised!
BIANBA wishes to thank the J.O.Y. Band and everyone who attended the concert for directing these funds to our cause, and for giving us the opportunity to speak about our Association.
The photo shows Betty Farris and Neil Kennedy, directors of the J.O.Y. Band, presenting a cheque to Tracey Poole, President of BIANBA.
November 4, 2016
The Brain Injury Association of North Bay and Area ("BIANBA") is pleased to announce that we have entered into a collaborative agreement with People for Equal Partnership in Mental Health - Nipissing ("PEP"). The purpose of this new relationship is to allow BIANBA and PEP to learn from each other on an administrative level, and to provide our respective members with increased services and educational opportunities.
In the near future, BIANBA will begin sharing information with our members regarding new offerings that are a direct result of this agreement. We are looking forward to working with PEP to nurture this mutually beneficial relationship!